Knox County students launch project to help typhoon victims

Knox County students launch project to help typhoon victims

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A group of students at a Knox County elementary school have decided to step up and do their part to help those affected by the deadly typhoon in the Philippines. A group of students at a Knox County elementary school have decided to step up and do their part to help those affected by the deadly typhoon in the Philippines.
It's called "Project Philippines." The idea came to Taylor Cusmano when she saw the images of the people after the massive storm hit. It's called "Project Philippines." The idea came to Taylor Cusmano when she saw the images of the people after the massive storm hit.
"I have tons of things, and they don't have anything, so I decided I should help," said Taylor Cusmano. "I have tons of things, and they don't have anything, so I decided I should help," said Taylor Cusmano.
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By DREW GARDNER
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KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A group of students at a Knox County elementary school have decided to step up and do their part to help those affected by the deadly typhoon in the Philippines.

This weekend marks one month since the historic storm hit, and the people of that country still have a long road to recovery.

For the last week, Taylor Cusmano has been working hard with four fellow Copper Ridge Elementary students on a fundraising project to help those victims.

Cusmano says she's always been inspired to help people and this is one way she knew she could.

"I wanted to go on mission trips, but my parents were concerned about my age," said Cusmano. "So I thought about the thing I saw on the news about the typhoon and decided I should help."

It's called "Project Philippines." The idea came to Cusmano when she saw the images of the people after the massive storm hit.

"I have tons of things, and they don't have anything, so I decided I should help," said Cusmano.

Cusmano and her friends launched the project during Thursday morning's announcements, and they now hope their fellow students will find it in their hearts to give as much as they can.

"One teacher in each grade is going to have a bucket and then every Friday we're going to see how much money is in each bucket," said Cusmano.

The goal is $750 and while that may not seem like much, the Red Cross says its huge when you look at the whole picture.

"If every school had a student that was that inspired it would make a real difference on the impact for those people in the Philippines," said Red Cross Regional Communications Director Benjamin Prijatel.

Taylor isn't stopping at her school. The group is taking their presentation to churches and organizations all over the area to try and drum up even more donations.

If you would like to donate to this cause click here.

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